South Carolina Lawmakers Advance Six-Week Ban On Most Abortions

The South Carolina House of Representatives approved on May 17 a ban on most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, paving the way for a significant change to the legality of abortion in one of the few Southern states that has not yet added restrictions to the procedure after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer.

FDA Faces Skeptical Questioning From Federal Judges Over Abortion Pill

In a two-hour hearing on May 17 looking at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decades-old approval of an abortion pill, federal judges seemed to have a harsher line of questioning for attorneys for the federal government and the drug maker, indicating they might be sympathetic to those challenging the drug’s availability.

North Carolina Lawmakers Uphold Abortion Ban Legislation 

Legislation in North Carolina that bans most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, which the state’s bishops say “represents progress toward building a culture of life,” will now become law after the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly overrode the Democratic governor’s veto. 

North Dakota Bishops Praise State’s Six-Week Abortion Ban

A six-week abortion ban signed into law April 24 by North Dakota’s Republican governor, Doug Burgum, is being hailed by the state’s Catholic bishops as an “important step toward making the state a sanctuary for life.”